CNN HOST CHRIS CUOMO TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS
NEW YORK (AP) – It wasn’t the Chris Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) that CNN viewers have come to see every evening. He hosted his show wearing a T-shirt covered by a black, zippered sweatshirt – and did so just hours after testing positive for coronavirus. Suffering from red, watery eyes and strained breathing, Cuomo did the show from the basement of his Long Island, New York home, where he’s quarantined himself while the rest of his family stays upstairs. He says his being infected should be a warning to all about the dangers of COVID-19, telling his audience, “if I can get it, you can get it.” During the show, Cuomo did remote interviews with guests, including CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who expressed concern about Cuomo’s complaint of tightness in his chest. In the nightly handoff to his friend, and fellow CNN host Don Lemon – the two usually banter about things. But Cuomo didn’t seem as up to it as he usually is. For example, when Lemon joked that he sent a gift of “a six-pack of Corona” beer, Cuomo said, “that’s not funny.”
CHRIS CUOMO SAID HE THOUGH EXPOSURE WAS “A MATTER OF TIME”
NEW YORK (AP) – CNN Chris Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) says he figured it was just “a matter of time” before he came down with COVID-19 – because of how often he was exposed to people. The host is continuing to do his show, bunkered in the basement of his home to protect his wife and children upstairs. Meanwhile, some of Cuomo’s TV competitors have sent well wishes. Among those who sent messages were Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera of Fox News Channel – and Joy Reid and Ali Velshi of MSNBC. Cuomo says he appreciates the support – but says the hardest thing is that there’s little he can do about the virus except, as he put it, “suck it up.”
“STAR WARS” ACTOR ANDREW JACK DEAD OF CORONAVIRUS
SYDNEY (AP) – Star Wars actor Andrew Jack has become the latest celebrity to succumb to coronavirus. Jack’s agent says he died yesterday at a U.K. hospital. He was 76. His widow says her husband died just two days after being diagnosed with the disease. Jack was in “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” as General Ematt, as well as “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.” He also served as a dialect coach, working with the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth.
CORONAVIRUS SHAPES TV RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – The COVID-19 outbreak has been a boon for TV networks. Instead of viewers being free to wheel about to work or shop, they stayed home to watch people wheel and deal. The game show “Let’s Make a Deal” posted record numbers. And the audience for “The Price is Right” was the biggest in four years. Meanwhile millions staying at home from work and school drove up ratings for the Dick Wolf drama trilogy on NBC, with “Chicago Fire,” “Med” and “PD” posting higher numbers than they have in years.
CORONAVIRUS EFFECT ON HOLLYWOOD
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Everyone knows the movie studios have taken a big hit because of the coronavirus outbreak. But as in the rest of the economy, those being hurt the most are the people further down the Hollywood food chain. Among the hardest-hit by the slowdown are freelance workers and those who do work like catering and hairstyling. In those cases, the money being lost now due to the outbreak can’t be made up later. It’s believed a quarter million people in Los Angeles County alone have jobs tied closely to the entertainment industry.
SEN. RUBIO RESPONDS TO DEMAND FOR NAMES
NEW YORK (AP) – Still no apology. But Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has come up with some examples of what he claims are people in the media expressing “glee” over the explosion of coronavirus cases in the U.S. Rubio says an editorial cartoonist, magazine writer, an online tech publication and an online editor have put out things he found objectionable – though none seemed to rise to the level he proclaimed in a tweet over the weekend. Rubio’s claim that the media is crowing over the pandemic was challenged by the head of the White House Correspondents Association, who has called on Rubio to apologize.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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